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I've been trying to dual boot a Dell Laptop with Windows XP and Slackware 10.1. The installation process works fine until the setup utility tries to install LILO; it then ...
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    Slackware Lilo Error


    I've been trying to dual boot a Dell Laptop with Windows XP and Slackware 10.1. The installation process works fine until the setup utility tries to install LILO; it then tells me that was an error installing LILO (Error #1). This happens when I attempt to install LILO on either the partition itself or the MBR. It's a newer laptop without a floppy drive, so a boot disk isn't really an option. Any suggestions?

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    Have you tried to boot off the Slackware CD and then load the kernel of your installation, and then you could go in and try to install lilo through the konsole.

    I know I've had to do that before with one of my computers; give it a try

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    Hi,

    I looked through the filesystem and was unable to find both the lilo.conf file and the lilo installer file in /sbin/. Any idea why they may not have made it into their respective directories? Thanks for your help.

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    Your lilo.conf should be in /etc.
    To find more about installing it, do "man lilo".
    I believe it is "/sbin/lilo -install partition, not sure though.
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    That's the thing, though; neither of those files are in the /etc/ or /sbin/ directories. It's almost as if the installer never placed them there.

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    Go to www.bootdisk.com they have pre-made bootdisks, Slackware is one of them. They also have instructions on how to put it on a cd.
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    You may also have to mount your partition before you can see the lilo.conf and lilo file.
    ie (mount /dev/hda2 /mnt)
    then you can edit your /mnt/etc/lilo.conf and run the /mnt/sbin/lilo -C /mnt/etc/lilo.conf
    or run through the /mnt/sbin/liloconfig and hopefully it'll work for you

    I know this works because I just did it yesterday after setting up a tripple boot

    Hope this helps

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    I ended up booting from the install cd and reinstalling the LILO package from the shell. However, when I try to run the lilo executable, it does absolutely nothing.

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    After making any changes to LiLo you need to do "/sbin/lilo" to save the changes.
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    That's what I did, and nothing happened.

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